St. Francis Festival of the Sea Begins Aug. 8

Aug 01, 2018

Ride the rides, play the games, and grab a funnel cake: The Festival of the Sea starts soon. St. Francis of Assisi Parish has hosted the Festival of the Sea Carnival in Brant Beach each summer since 1975. This year, the carnival begins Wednesday, Aug. 8, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 12. Admission is free, and the fun runs from 6 to 10 nightly, weather permitting.

“The Festival of the Sea came together 43 years ago as a celebration of the community,” said St. Francis PR Coordinator Lori Dudek, who suggests riding the LBI Shuttle to the festival. “There will be delicious carnival food favorites, pizza, seafood, ice cream and so much more. Maybe you’ll win a souvenir at one of the many game booths or you can participate in the dunk booth.

“The youth ministry will be running a face painting booth and a photo booth,” she added.

Pay-one-price ride bracelets are available for $25 on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, Aug. 10, the POP bracelet is just $20.

Carnival-goers can also take a chance on the 50/50, with drawings every hour, and the Super Progressive 50/50. Win the latter, and take half the purse. Tickets for the Super Progressive 50/50 are on sale now through Aug. 13, at $2 for one ticket and $10 for a book of six, at the front desk of the St. Francis Community Center. The winner will be chosen on the last night of the festival and does not need to be present to win. Last year’s winner received $10,547.

St. Francis is also looking for volunteers to help with the Festival of the Sea. Volunteer applications are online at stfranciscenterlbi.org or at the community center.

The Festival of the Sea is held in the St. Francis parking lot, at 4700 Long Beach Blvd.

For more information, call 609-494-8813 or visit lbicarnival.com. —J.K.-H.

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